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Old Jan 30, 2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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Transfer contacts from an iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 3G

My sister is visiting and her iPhone 3GS fell out of the diaper bag. The screen is cracked so badly that the phone won't work. I have an old 3G laying around to give her until she is able to get home and get a new phone.

Normally when you sync contacts from one iPhone to another, all you have to do is back-up the first phone and restore the 2nd from the back-up. However, the 3G isn't giving her this option. I'm guessing that it is b/c she is going to from a new phone to an older phone.

Is there a way to transfer her contacts and calendars from the newer phone to the older phone?
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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No, "backup" is referring to the OS, Apps and phone's settings. Contacts is a separate entity.

Going through iCloud is probably the eziest and less disruptive to both of you.

If she already has her contacts in the iCloud, this is extremely ez. Just configure working phone iCloud and sign in with her account, tell it to sync iCloud's contact. It will ask whether you want to erase contacts already in current phone, u go YES. Done.

But I assume she hasn't used iCloud, then you have to download her shattered phone's contact into your iTunes, THEN, upload to the working phone. This may mess up what you already have in your iTunes. That's the gist, I don't do this everyday to be able to give u a step-by-step.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 01:37 PM   #3
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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OP, which is your sister's carrier? If AT&T, you can take both iPhones into an AT&T store and explain to them what you're trying to do. They can take the contacts off of her old SIM card and transfer them to the other functional iPhone SIM. It's the easiest way to deal with two older devices given your circumstances. Other carriers may be able to handle likewise. They can also set up the functional iPhone so that it's working before you leave the store.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 02:40 PM   #5
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You can use itunes to copy and transfer the contacts from the broken iphone to her computers contact list.
Plug it to itunes and select the iphone on the top right and then go to the info tab.
Then select Sync contacts with:
And then hit sync to transfer them to your computer and from there plug in the iphone 3G and sync them back to that one.
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